The library is looking for exceptional teen volunteers to help with our Summer Reading Program. You’ll stay busy and you’ll get great volunteer experience, too. The VolunTEEN program is open to students entering 9th-12th grade who can commit to volunteering at least four weeks out of the summer.
Volunteering provides you with several benefits:
All VolunTEENS will earn volunteer hours, which can be used as community service credit for school.
Volunteer hours also look great on college applications as well as on applications for jobs.
You’ll gain valuable work experience and you’ll make professional contacts that may be useful for references in the future.
Lastly, you’ll have fun!
Read below for important information about VolunTEEN recruitment, duties, and important deadlines.
Interested teens are required to attend a VolunTEEN Q&A Panel Discussions to learn more about what to expect as a VolunTEEN before applying to the program. Past volunteers will share about their experiences and library staff will provide additional information about what's new for this summer.
Panels will be offered at each library branch and all VolunTEEN applicants, including former VolunTEENS and Teen Advisory Board (TAB) members, MUST attend a panel to be considered as a VolunTEEN applicant.
Please attend one of the following Panel Discussions:
Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Hampton Park Library
Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Post Road Library
Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library
Please note, these meetings will be held at the Sexton Hall Enrichment Center located at 2115 Chloe Road, Cumming, GA 30041.
Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Interested in Applying?
To be considered as a VolunTEEN, you must:
Attend a VolunTEEN Panel Discussion.
Be a rising 9th-12th grader.
Commit to working 20 to 40 hours total for at least four weeks from late May to late July.
Complete the VolunTEEN application found on our website beginning March 1 and submit your completed application by March 31.
Be willing to attend one VolunTEEN orientation meeting in May at your assigned branch:
Cumming Library - May 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Hampton Park Library - May 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Post Road Library - May 12 at 11:15 a.m.
Sharon Forks Library - May 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Please make sure that you can meet the other requirements below:
Teens must have permission from parents/guardians before becoming a VolunTEEN.
All VolunTEENS must have transportation to and from the library for scheduled volunteer shifts.
What We're Looking For
We’re looking for teens who are:
Enthusiastic about the library and the programs and services we offer.
Dependable and responsible.
Self-starters who show initiative.
Comfortable working with children and their caregivers.
Able to follow verbal and written instruction.
Able to follow library policies and procedures, respect library property, and maintain a professional and friendly attitude.
What VolunTEENS Are Not Expected To Do
Don't worry. VolunTEENS will not:
Check books in or out.
Supervise or read to children.
Deal with upset children or parents.
Apply Online by March 31
So you want to apply to be a VolunTEEN? Great! Here's what you need to do:
There will be a limited number of volunteer slots at the library branches. We will select a predetermined number of teen volunteers based on the volunteer needs of each location.
Note About Teen Advisory Board
Many teens are already a part of FCPL’s Teen Advisory Board. TAB members who are entering 9th grade or higher are also welcome to apply to be VolunTEENS, as TAB projects are different from volunteer duties outlined for VolunTEENS. TAB members who are interested in being a summer VolunTEEN will need to attend a VolunTEEN Q & A Panel Discussion, then complete and submit a Volunteer Application as described above.
Contact FCPL’s Human Resources Department with your questions at FCPLVolunteers@forsythpl.org or 678-513-9372.
Forsyth County Public Library 585 Dahlonega Street Cumming, Georgia 30040 770-781-9840 www.forsythpl.org/